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Jan 29, 2009 10:45 AM

deep fried zucchini in WLA

I used to live in South OC and loved Mr. Pete's deep fried zucchini.

Can I find the same deep fried zucchini in WLA??

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  1. Maria's Italian Kitchen or Mama's Original Pizza.

    Mama's Original Pizza & Pasta
    3311 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    Maria's Italian Kitchen
    10761 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. Good Stuff does a good no-frills version.

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        1. re: Scotty

          On Olympic just east of Bundy in a food strip mall (north side). Terrific zucchini!

      1. Not WLA, but Downtown LA......Farmer Boy's has some pretty big fried zucchini and big onion rings that are hand battered to order.
        726 S Alameda St
        Los Angeles, CA 90021
        (213) 228-8999

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        1. re: monku

          Thanks a lot; I'll give these a try.

          The Mr. Pete ones are cut into sticks and corn meal is used to give them a gritty feel (blue cheese provided to dip as well)

          1. re: Scotty

            I like the ones at Nichols restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

            J Nichols
            4375 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

            1. re: Servorg

              Tomys on the corner of Pico and Sawtelle has the best fried zucchini and for some reason the ranch dressing that they give is much creamier than any other.

              Also Hayama on Sawtelle has a great fried zucchini appetizer but this is a Japanese tapas restaurant.

            2. re: Scotty

              Yes, at Farmer Boy's they cut them length wise in quarters and they are huge and crispy and yes, they give you ranch dressing for dipping. Make the trip worthwhile and get the onion rings too....they are huge also.

          2. I also love the stuff but rarely order it, because most restaurants cut the slices or sticks too thick and don't salt in advance to drain away the large amount of water in zucchini. The result is often vegetable mush covered, in some cases, with unappealing hard-fried batter or breading, an obvious attempt to distract from the squishy texture. Yum.

            Do any of these places serve fried zucchini in the genuine Italian style -- that is, light and non-mushy?